This question, from a member of the Hair Restoration Social Community and Discussion Forums, was answered by recommended hair restoration physician Dr. William Lindsey:
I recently had hair transplant surgery via follicular unit transplantation (FUT) and I am wondering how long it will be until my donor scar is fully healed. When will I no longer have to worry about complications or possible scar stretching?
One year is the usual, final end result for scars in my 16 years of practice. However, most scar problems will be evident at around 6-12 weeks and, on rare occasions, a scar can act up years later. This often occurs as the result of some incidental trauma in that area.
I ask every hair restoration patient to return at 6 weeks to look at their scar. If there is a small problem at 6 weeks, it’s usually fixable with minimal effort rather than waiting for a big problem to show at a year. Despite this educational information, most patients don’t show for a scar check.
William H. Lindsey, MD, FACS